Shattered Dreams: A Political Odyssey in Port-Independent St Lucia

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Trafford Publishing, May 22, 2012 - Art - 480 pages
An often thrilling first-hand account of island politics in the era after independence. The St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) comes to power after 15 yeards in the wilderness and hardly settles into office before it is rent asunder by internal bickering over its leadership. In less than three years, the party is out of office again and both it and its main characters are fighting for their respective political lives. SHATTERED DREAMS is the story of the ups and downs of political activism and the personalities and events that shaped the emergence of the Caribbean island, for whose possession the English and French fought some of the bloodiest in this hemisphere in the 18th century. In SHATTERED DREAMS, Josie attempts to show how the rise to power in sister island Grenada of the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) under Marxist Maurice Bishop in 1979 influenced super power involvement in the affairs of the Caribbean islands and could have contributed handsomely to the demise of both the SLP in the St Lucia and the PRG in Grenada.
 

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I am halfway through reading this book and I must say it is resonating with me on a very deep level. Mr Josie's words on the pages are equal to the thoughts that have been developing in my mind for some years now. Every St.Lucian should take some time and read this book, young and old alike. If there is a way I can contact Mr Josie or the publishing house, please let me know. There are a few errors with pages I'd like to highlight. I think a new edition should be visited.
Stanislas
 

Contents

Independence at last Feb 1979
178
Nomination Day Time for reckoning
186
General Elections June 1979
193
Land Reform Commission
200
Prudent Economic Management
210
Jon Odlum
216
Michael Pilgrim
222
The Valhalla Epistles
228

A search for excellence
36
Hurricane Edith banana politics
44
The Forum revisited
49
SLAM a minor distraction
59
How I met George Odlum
71
Years of struggle and change
80
In the heat of struggle
86
Invitation to talks in London
97
Preparing for London
101
The second round of talks
111
Third and Final Round of Talks
121
A dinner with the Queen
158
The Hess Oil debate
164
Beyond elections 79
247
The leadership struggle
261
Shattered Dreams
272
Preparing for armed take over?
305
Political twins adrift
321
Cenac throws in the towel
334
Pilgrims interim cabinet
359
Elections at last
379
UWP wins landslide victory
399
From Canouan to Castries to London
415
Summary and a glimpse ahead
427
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About the author (2012)

Peter Josie was a key player in St Lucia’s politics for over 20 years and rose to become a Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister and then leader of the Labour Party. Many details in this book are being published for the very first time as Josie attempts to leave for posterity as accurate an account as possible of some of the most intriguing developments ever in the island’s public life.

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